Education

Are you looking to consolidate and extend on your current sustainability practices?  Or perhaps your centre is developed sustainability enough that now you want to move ‘beyond the worm farm’ and tackle the more serious sustainability issues like social justice and equity?

Whatever your vision or capacity,  Backyard in a Box will  fill the knowledge gap educators are experiencing around Sustainability.

Whether you’re a Pre-School, Primary School, High School Teacher or even a Parent, Backyard In A Box can help develop your knowledge and teaching practices on sustainability.

Why Backyard in Box is important for education:

In what is progressively a more built up city centric world, nature deprivation is gaining increased attention and giving children improved access to natural environments is becoming more and more important.

Backyard in a Box has a unique approach to learning and have broken the key areas of sustainability into three easy to manage topics: Cycles of Life, Earth and Living.   The packages are comprised of sustainability focused units including Chickens, Guinea Pigs, Worm Farming, Composting, Resource Recycling and Organic Kitchen Gardening.   Teachers can now comfortably and confidently guide their students through environmental practices with both the information packs and the equipment for real time practice.

Our programs incorporate the fundamental principles of learning while maintaining a determined focus on integration of the natural world.

 

Backyard In A Box allows educators to:

 

  • Immediately move towards embedding sustainable practices in service operations.
  • Support the uptake and expansion of sustainable knowledge designed to necessitate ongoing action in the classroom, evident in displays and learning stories.
  • Include positive behaviour guidance by way of Helper Charts which compel children and educators to regularly and systematically apply sustainable practice as part of their normal routine.
  • Guide educators through submissions for Backyard In A Box Brilliance Awards where the service showcases their learning to peers, the school community, centre owners and beyond.

 

The benefits:

 

  • Mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework
  • Meets QA 3 of the National Quality Standards
  • Make teaching sustainability a shared learning-by-doing process
  • Builds sustainability into your curriculum. Takes the guess work out of teaching sustainability
  • Designed to educate the educator
  • Covered by the Long Day Care PD Fund

 

Embedding Sustainable Practice:

In Early Childhood we acknowledge the influence the first 5 years has on the rest of our lives. For me it was my Italian father who grew vegetables and backyard chooks & my Maori mother who had an appreciation of plants for their nutritional & healing benefits.

With all this evidence pointing to the importance of the needs of the child, do you ever feel as though your needs as an educator are being overlooked? Take a moment to discover what sustainability means to you. Conceptualise and explore it and maybe then, you’ll have a fighting chance of being adept at teaching it to upcoming generations.

Forget mans Law for a moment and ask yourself:

What does your Inner Law dictate? Where can you use this knowledge in your personal life in a way that is aligned with your value systems and morals? How will applying this knowledge improve your quality of life and your teaching practice?

I’m Kiri Combi, creator of Backyard in a Box – a teaching and learning resource that is mapped to the National Training package and is vital to enabling educators to implement programs to support sustainable practice.

The knowledge gap educators and trainers are experiencing is commonplace. How can educators connect children to nature when they themselves are not connected? We need to take a step back. How about addressing the needs of the person first and the educator second?

Once people discover the relevance of sustainability to themselves, they are better equipped to see the value of sustainability in their professional life and are less likely to resist change in their workplace. Particularly when resisting change would mean resisting improvements in their personal life.  When people are free to discover their own drivers, their drivers keep them motivated through tough times when systems, policy and practice aren’t enough to propel them forward.

Then, they become Agents of Change.

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